And a little announcement: I'll soon be writing a new column for Best for Babes on breastfeeding research, called "Science You Can Use." That's in addition to the ongoing Booby Traps series, sponsored by Motherlove Herbal Company.
Here's a summary of some recent findings:
Breastfed babies can metabolize perchlorate, reducing accumulation in their systems (this one is interesting!)
Pacifier use doesn't hurt breastfeeding (this finding contradicts the AAP recommendation, so read with caution)
Breastfeeding moms lose income (Oh, what I could write about this study!)
Breastfeeding is on the decline across East Asia (this is the one that keeps me up at night)